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USAC SPAIN: Bilbao/Getxo - International Business & Spanish

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Bilbao = The Best 5 Months of my life

People always say that studying abroad will be the time of your life, and I always hoped they are right, but I was not going to believe it until I found out for myself. Now, after returning to the U.S. about a month ago, I can agree that it was the best time of my life. Studying with USAC in Bilbao/Getxo was nothing short of amazing. I got to live right on near the beach in Getxo, and school was just a quick metro ride into the city. I lived with the best local family who spoke Spanish with me all the time and really improved my Spanish. Words cannot describe the amazing USAC staff, friends, and locals you'll meet in your time abroad, and I am already planning my trip back to Bilbao!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The greatest 4 months of my life

Words cannot even describe how amazing this experience was. With the support of USAC, I found myself in an incredible city (seriously. Bilbao is my new favorite place in the world) surrounded by interesting and amazing individuals from all over the US, with passionate teachers and a wonderful staff. I was provided with weekly opportunities to see and explore Bilbao, and USAC helped provide intercambios so I could meet and become friends with local students. That was probably one of the best parts, I can now proudly say I have friends all over the world. The classes were definitely work, but the amount of Spanish I learned in just 4 months is unbelievable. I came in having just finished the 200 level at my home university, and returned able to hold conversations and transferred into the 400 level. I felt right at home from the very first week. My apartment was beautiful and wonderfully located (only a 5 minute walk from the beach) and just writing about it now I'm dying to go back. I cannot suggest studying through USAC and in Bilbao enough. If you are looking to learn Spanish, I highly advise going to a smaller, lesser known city because...well there are 0 american tourists. You will be forced to speak Spanish wherever you go, and I can't imagine a better learning opportunity.

Take me back to Bilbao!!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Academics

    10

An Awesome Experience

I took the International Management Class, first session, and it was an awesome experience! A visiting teacher from Clemson University came and he was an awesome teacher. The workload was very appropriate for a three week session. Bilbao is a beautiful city! There is great shopping and incredible sights to see!

Immerse yourself in the Basque country! It is so different from what I expected. The culture is so strong and do not be afraid to step out of the box and do something you are not used to. One of the best experience I have had in college!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Social Life

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Academics

    10

The most amazing time

I have had the most amazing time in Bilbao! Bilbao is by no means a small town, but a small break from the more popular tourist destinations like Barcelona and Madrid. I have been taking upper division Spanish classes and the work load has been appropriate for our study abroad experience and the teachers understand that we are here for the full cultural experience as well.

I am currently living with a host family and I HIGHLY recommend it. My host mom takes great care of me - feeds me three times a day, washes my laundry, and offers great advice.

I am completely immersed in the Spanish and Basque culture everyday!

The administrations is amazing! They go above and beyond any expectations! They give travel help and advise as well as local things to do in town.

Overall, I love it here and would not want to go anywhere else in Spain.

Definitely visit or study abroad in the summer or fall to experience the beach life!